The Norman Conquests: Further Reading

This page contains details of publications & articles relating to The Norman Conquests. The information is for research & the website cannot provide copies of the articles listed.

Published Editions

The Norman Conquests (click here to buy)
Samuel French Ltd, 1975, ISBN 0573015767
Table Manners (click here to buy)
Samuel French Ltd, 1975 ISBN 0573015732
Living Together (click here to buy)
Samuel French Ltd, 1975 ISBN 0573015740
Round And Round The Garden (click here to buy)
Samuel French Ltd, 1975, ISBN 0573015759
The Norman Conquests
Chatto & Windus, 1975, ISBN 0701121033
The Norman Conquests
Penguin, 1977, ISBN 0140481427
The Norman Conquests
Grove Press, 1988, ISBN 0802131344


Paul Allen: A Pocket Guide to Alan Ayckbourn’s Plays
pp.30-34 (Faber & Faber, 2004, ISBN 0571214924)
Paul Allen: Alan Ayckbourn - Grinning at the Edge*
pp.139-143 (Methuen, 2001, ISBN 0413731200)
Michael Billington: Alan Ayckbourn (2nd Ed)*
pp.66-75 (Palgrave, 1990, ISBN 0333498976)
Michael Codron & Alan Strachan: Putting It On - The West End Theatre Of Michael Codron
pp.311-314 (Duckworth Overlook, 2010, ISBN 9780715639443)
Michael Holt: Alan Ayckbourn*
pp.23-25 (Northcote Press, 1999, ISBN 0746308590)
Albert E. Kalson: Laughter In The Dark*
pp.71-75 (Associated Universities Press, 1991, ISBN 0838634796)
Oleg Kerensky: The New British Drama
pp.120-124 (Hamish Hamilton, 1977, ISBN0241896282)
Simon Murgatroyd: Unseen Ayckbourn
(Lulu Books, 2013, ISBN 9781291676631)
Malcolm Page: File On Ayckbourn*
pp.30-33 (Methuen, 1989, ISBN 0413420108)
Ian Watson: Conversations With Ayckbourn*
pp.91-92 (Faber and Faber, 1988, ISBN 0571151922)
Sidney Howard White: Alan Ayckbourn*
pp.56-66 (Twayne Publishers, 1984, ISBN 080576870X)
* indicates out of print


(Title not known)
Michael Billington, The Guardian, 14 August 1974
How Pinball Addict Alan Staged His Conquest Of The West End
Victor Davis, Daily Express, 30 April 1975
Ayckbourn: Simon With A Stiff Upper Lip
Irving Wardle, Los Angeles Times, 5 October 1975
Ayckbourn: Underneath The Laughter, Darkness
Ruth Hamilton, Sunday News, 14 December 1975
Writing And Staging The Norman Conquests
Alan Ayckbourn, Amateur Stage, September 1978
The Serious Business Of Laughter
Andrew Norfolk, Scarborough Evening News, 1 April 1993
(Title not known - concerns Alan Ayckbourn during rehearsals)
Yorkshire Post, 14 April 1993
Ayckbourn's Unflinching Gaze
Veronica Lee, The Spectator, 24 September 2008
Sir Alan Ayckbourn: I'm Scared Of Getting Maudlin
Christina Patterson, The Independent, 3 October 2008
Encores Galore
Ian Shuttleworth, Financial Times, 3 October 2008
Kevin Spacey Revives The Norman Conquests
Jasper Rees, The Sunday Times, 5 October 2008
Secrets Of His Conquests
Michael Riedel, New York Post, 17 April 2009
Ayckbourn The Juggler, In Triple Time
Sarah Lyall, New York Times, 22 April 2009

Reviews (world premiere)

Round And Round The Garden
Robin Thornber, The Guardian, 11 July 1973
Fancy Meeting You
Robin Thornber, The Guardian, 20 June 1973
Make Yourself At Home
Robin Thornber, The Guardian, 27 June 1973
John Draper, Scarborough Mercury, 4 August 1973
Simple Pleasure
Scarborough Mercury, 23 June 1973
Remarkable Ayckbourn Trilogy
Scarborough Evening News, 10 July 1973

Reviews (London premiere - Greenwich Theatre)

Norman's All Set To Make The Most Of His Conquests
Herbert Kretzmer, Daily Express, 10 May 1974
Norman Lands A Treble
Jack Tinker, Daily Mail, 7 June 1974
Brilliant Love Trilogy Completed
John Barber, Daily Telegraph, 7 June 1974
Keen pleasure From Marital Comedy
Eric Shorter, Daily Telegraph, 10 May 1974
Meanwhile, Back At The Weekend
Milton Shulman, Evening Standard, 22 May 1974
Conquest Continued
Milton Shulman, Evening Standard, 7 June 1974
The Norman Conquests
B.A. Young, Financial Times, 10 May 1974
The Norman Conquests
B.A. Young, Financial Times, 7 June 1974
Round & Round
Michael Billington, The Guardian, 7 June 1974
Norman Conquest
Janet Watts, The Guardian, 10 May 1974
Living Together
Michael Billington, June 1974 (TBC)
Home County Table Manners
John Elsom, The Listener, 23 May 1974
Family Affairs
Benedict Nightingale, 31 July 1974
Norman's Conquests
Robert Cushman, The Observer, 23 June 1974
Second Time Around
Robert Cushman, The Observer, 26 May 1974
Review Of The Arts
Kenneth Hurren, The Spectator, 15 June 1974
Frank Marcus, Sunday Telegraph, 13 June 1974
Present Mirth
Frank Marcus, Sunday Telegraph, 26 May 1974
Home Truths
J.W. Lambert, Sunday Times, 26 May 1974
Family Matters
J.W. Lambert, Sunday Times, May 1974
Round And Round The Garden
Charles Lewson, The Times, 7 June 1974
Table Manners
Charles Lewson, The Times, 10 May 1974

Reviews (London transfer - Globe Theatre 1975)

A Real Conquest For Norman
Jack Tinker, Daily Mail, 9 August 1974
Trilogy Both Funny And Profound
John Barber, Daily Telegraph, 3 August 1974
The Norman Conquests
Milton Shulman, Evening Standard, August 1974
The Norman Conquests
Michael Coveney, Financial Times, 9 August 1974
London Thrills To Trilogy Of Norman Conquests
Clive Barnes, New York Times, 19 September 1974
The Norman Conquests
New Yorker, 2 December 1974
Noisy Weekend
Barry Took, Punch, 14 August 1974
Ruling Class
Frank Marcus, Sunday Telegraph, 23 June 1974
Present Laughter
J.W. Lambert, Sunday Times, 4 August 1974
Plays Are About People
J.W. Lambert, Sunday Times, 9 June 1974
The Norman Conquests
Irving Wardle, Sunday Times, date tbc
The Norman Conquests
Variety, 9 August 1974

Reviews (London revival 2008 - Old Vic)

The Norman Conquests
Paul Callan, Daily Express, 7 October 2008
The Norman Conquests
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail, 7 October 2008
The Norman Conquests
Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph, 7 October 2008
Serious Laughter In The Master Farce Norman Conquests
Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard, 7 October 2008
The Norman Conquests
Sarah Hemming, Financial Times, 7 October 2008
The Norman Conquests
Michael BillIngton, The Guardian, 7 October 2008
The Norman Conquests
Paul Taylor, The Independent, 8 October 2008
The Norman Conquests
Kate Bassett, Independent On Sunday, 12 October 2008
Norman Meets Old Vic, And Conquers All Over Again
Claire Brennan, 12 October 2008
At The Old Vic, A Norman Conquest That's Better For The Retelling
Matt Wolf, International Herald Tribune, 21 October 2008
The Norman Conquests
Gerald Berkowitz, The Stage, 7 October 2008
A Masterpiece of Mutual Cruelty
Robert Gore-Langton, Sunday Times, 12 October 2008
The Norman Conquests
Benedict Nightingale, The Times, 7 October 2008
The Norman Conquests
Michael Coveney,, 7 October 2008

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.